Monday, June 29, 2009

Lazy Beef Brisket

We've been having some strange weather here in Central New York state. Very few really good and hot days, punctuated by lots of rain and cool breezes. It makes for lovely springtime weather, and the crops are growing nicely according to the folks at the farmer's market, but it's not really warm enough for my taste--and as usual, Mr.W is missing his beloved HOTtlanta weather!

Saturday was cool. So cool, in fact, that some windows were closed and I felt comfortable putting the oven on for some slow-cooked goodness. Specifically, an 8-3/4 pound beef brisket.

I've never made brisket before. I wanted simple, simple, simple--and simple is what I got. This is super easy, requires no fussing, and makes a ton--perfect for feeding a crowd or, like I did, break down into freezer packs for quick-fix meals.

Lazy Brisket
Adapted from Lazy Texas Brisket, Bon Apetit Magazine, August 1982

2 large yellow onions, peeled and thickly sliced
1 7-to-9 pound beef brisket

Spice Rub:
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons hungarian sweet paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 250*F. Rinse brisket and pat dry with a towel. Set aside.

2. Make a very large piece of foil by crimping several strips together to make one large one. Place foil sheet on a large oven-safe pan (to capture any escaped juices). Lay onions on foil, then cover with beef brisket, fat side down.

3. Combine rub ingredients; mix well. Sprinkle half over brisket and rub in. Turn brisket over--now the fat side should be up. Sprinkle with remaining rub, using hands to distribute over the entire surface.

4. Wrap foil snugly around brisket and put in your preheated 250*F oven; forget about it for about 7 to 8 hours, at which time it will be fork-tender and oh, so good. Scrape away any remaining fat before serving.

I saved all my drippings for use with roast beef sandwiches--yum!


Grace said...

the weather HAS been strange, hasn't it?! granted, i'm not familiar enough with the area to know what to expect, but it's definitely weird. moving on...i love brisket, and although i've never made it, i have no doubt that your version here was tasty--what a rub.

Amanda said...

No doubt about it, Grace. This is some strange-O weather for sure. Of course if you can get to the pool/lake for swimming before July 4th it's still considered an early summer, so I can honestly say that we have reached that particular "official" status. But the chilly weather into June is odd indeed.

The rub was fun to make; I normally don't use sugar in my spice blends, but felt it was needed here. I actually also added 1/4t ground chipotle, but the flavor was completely lost in the immensity that was this brisket.

I forgot to mention, also, that the onions & drippings make for FAB-U-LOUS dunking!

SarahKate said...

I love brisket! In fact, I once came in third place in a brisket cooking competition at the South Dakota state fair. I know that sounds crazy, but I have pics to prove it!

Amanda said...

That doesn't sound crazy at all, SarahKate! Do you have a post on how you cooked that prize-winning brisket? I'd love to read about how you made it.

Sara said...

Love brisket, I made something very similar to this around the winter holidays!

Amanda said...

Hi, Sara!

I suppose this is a rather winter-ish dish to make, and odd at this time of the year. But, the weather is still cool and, well, I got this roast for under $2/pound so figured it was a good opportunity for lots of meat! :) I'm definitely becoming more and more of a fan of this cut--super easy, very tender, and the meat is good in tacos, bbq sandwiches, in chunks--very versatile!

Mary said...

I LOVE brisket! I was so upset our 1/4 cow didn't include it. And this recipe looks delicious!

We're having unseasonably cool weather too and I'm loving it! I may even make a loaf of bread tomorrow!

Amanda said...

Thanks, Mary! I've decided I quite like this cool weather, myself. No furnace, but no AC needed, either. Perfect--and frugal!

Rebecca said...

*melts into a little pool of drool*

Hoooooohhhhh this looks good. Definitely going to do this, this week! Thanks for the recipe! ;)

Amanda said...

Let me know how you like it, Rebecca! It's become one of my favorite go-to recipes, perfect for a cold day!

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